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Hospital Building RV Park Next Door To Make Cancer Patients’ Extended Stays Cheaper

This post was updated on March 15th, 2024

Patients at Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello, Idaho will soon have the option to stay in a hospital-built RV park instead of in pricey hotels.

The hospital is looking to make those visiting for extended treatments at its Cancer Center more convenient – and less costly. Funded primarily through a donation from the Portneuf Medical Center Auxiliary, the RV park will initially provide six oversized spaces for motorhomes and travel trailers. The park will also provide utility connections for water, electricity, and sewer.

The Idaho State Journal reports that,

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The families of patients who had to spend an extensive amount of time in Pocatello to receive treatment had been using a portion of the parking lot north of the emergency room, but the only thing the hospital had been able to offer was electrical hookups.

Since many families bring small children and pets, hospital administrators wanted to offer more convenient accommodations.

Monica White, Director of Volunteer Services at the hospital center said,

Cancer treatment sometimes takes weeks. We decided they needed a home away from home.

The hospital plans to charge between $10 and $17 for a night’s stay.

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